Gary L. Simmons  rev 03/31/2005
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3-31: A couple days ago my wife, Mrs. Battle Cat, discovered a Marathon Wiki and sent me the URL. I can't think of a more perfect link for the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Go ye forth O UESC Security Officers and educate the masses on the best computer game ever made!

3-30: The NRA archive for the month of October is now uploaded to the NRA Archives. The monthly archive consists of the 3 feature columns from the American Rifleman: The Armed Citizen, Standing Guard, and the Presidents Column. Enjoy.

3-29: I've got another page of Marathon Utilities and Editors for you Pfhor heads out there. Today the Tempus Irae page is up. There is only one thing on that page, a Forge patch and a tutorial on how to make TI maps. Not much, but if you want to build TI maps, this tool is what you need to make your job a lot easier. It's going on now in the Battle Cat's Litterbox.

3-28: Team Crunchinator gobbled down a couple of chocolate folding@home work units and Termie, dressed up like the Easter Bunny delivered one colored egg for each competitor we passed up last week. Go look for yourself, he is hopping around in the Hobbies department. What the heck we are going to do with 159 Easter eggs is anyone's guess. But at least we can glow in the knowledge we gained over half a percentage point in the standings.

3-25: I had a call to point someone to the Obed page in the Battle Cat's Litterbox today. I went there just to see if the links on the page still worked and was dismayed to see the personal page of the author of Obed had gone teats up. Concerned that other related links for the Obed files may also go dead, I downloaded the Obed files and now host them here at the House of Wacks.

3-24: I've gotten tired of web sites changing links and dying off or wandering off into the sunset like Magnum PI in his last episode. This has been especially true of the old Marathon sites. So accordingly, I've obtained a copy of everything I've linked to on the Tools page in Hamish Sanderson's Tutorials in the Anvil Tips section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Now the only way those links are going to go belly up is when they fall from my cold dead hand. Knock on wood.

3-23: "Now that the elections are over, the real work for NRA must begin. There is much that can be accomplished and major victories can be achieved." Read Kayne B. Robinson's take on what is to be done in the coming years by the members of the NRA and supporters of the Second Amendment on the President's Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

3-22: I've learned a few tricks since I've put this web site together and today I've started implementing some of them in order to bring the House of Wacks into full compliance of HTML 4.01 Transitional with the W3C Quality Assurance Markup Validation Service. Most pages have been validated but some I didn't have the expertise to fix. The first wayward page to bow down and submit to the W3C is the home page!

3-21: Because Team Crunchinator snagged a gigantic 5 day long work unit from folding@home, our stats don't look so good this week. We didn't finish the work unit in time to publish the results this week, but next week is going to make us look pretty darn good. We will have in essence almost 2 full weeks of work to report, where as this week it is the equivalent of only 2 days work. We still managed to beat the pants off of 88 fellow number crunchers! You can see the results as well as a stereograph on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.

3-18: The Battle Cat's Litterbox is visited again today with some fixes on the Tools page in the HAS section of the Anvil Tips. A bunch of links died on the vine when sadly, Charles Lechasseur's web site went belly up. Fortunately, I was able to find backups of these precious Marathon Utilities and Editors that were linked to and I am going to host them here so that won't happen again on my watch.

3-17: The last of the EVIL resources go up in the Editors and Utilities section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Using these editors and resources, you can make your own EVIL maps consisting of all the EVIL monsters, guns and ammo. You even have a patched version of Forge to help you keep all the shapes file changes straight, you really don't want to place a Devlin right behind a BOB... hmmmm... or do you?

3-16: 'With the release of the painstakingly researched and clearly written U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ)"memorandum opinion" strongly supporting the Second Amendment as an individual right, the legal landscape for firearm owners has changed dramatically. The conclusion of this exhaustive analysis-with its 437 footnotes and citations-is remarkable' Read this opinion and a fascinating analysis on the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

3-15: Hey you think I don't like France? I found someone that makes me look like France's biggest supporter! Check it out in the Boycott France section of the Extra department. Fair warning, don't go there unless you are willing to risk getting your hair fried!

3-14: 152 tried and 152 died. Dressed like a Middle Earth dwarf and wielding a double bladed axe; Termie, Son of Glóin, has hacked and chopped his way through 152 Orc like competitors last week at Stanford Universities Folding@home project. Now standing at 80.1411% Termie, Son of Glóin, vows to not leave a single Orc neck uncleaved! View the field of battle at Team Crunchinator in the Hobbies department.

3-11: And like the tail ever wagging after the puppy, I finally remember to add Marathon: EVIL, the latest page of Utilities and Editors in the Battle Cat's Litterbox, to the main menu on the home page and again to the Site Map.

3-10: A new page of the Utilities and Editors section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox opens today. No doubt the best total conversion scenario ever made, Marathon: EVIL, is the focus of this latest batch of utilities and editors. Every thing you need to create and edit Marathon: EVIL will be on the page when this project is completed.

3-9: "Armed Citizen" is an article in the "American Rifleman" very similar to one of my favorite feature articles in "Guns & Ammo" called "Armed Response". These articles consist of short accounts describing the use of firearms by private citizens to protect lives and property. These are the stories that the mainstream media ignore because they are not so much interested in presenting the truth as much as they are interested in furthering their anti-gun agendas. Some very interesting reading here. It's going on in the NRA section of the Extra department.

3-8: Like a deadbeat who leaves town without notifying his creditors, Tim Vogel's Marathon related Earthquake Software web site changed URL's and didn't tell me. I had Guido and the boys hunt him down and break his knees. The new URL is up on the Battle Cat's Litterbox in the Lh'owon Links section of the page.

3-7: Like a battering ram through the huge double doors of a castle keep, Team Crunchinator smashes through 185 competitors last week in the never ending siege of Folding@home. Drag them all off to Theodoric of York, medieval barber for a good blood letting and a sheep's dung poultice. View if you dare the numerical carnage at Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.

3-4: I was sifting through my old drawings trying to decide which one to put on the web site and what the theme would be and I came up dry until I took two different drawings of two different sizes and said if this little guy was standing in front of the big guy, it would appear he was being bashed with a camera. I scanned them both then superimposed one over the other and the rest is Internet history. Look for "Mutiny!" over on the High School Art page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department.

3-3: The Aleph One page got gussied up with a background image over in the Editors and Utilities section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. I took the little icon of one of its map files and blew it up to Godzilla proportions. It took most of my stockpile of fissionable material, but I had enough radiation left over to mutate a font so Iconzilla would have something to fight. OK, not really but YOU try writing the news for 4 years and see if YOU don't scrape the bottom of the barrel!

3-2: I have refreshed the image of the current protein that Team Crunchinator is presently working on. This image is in the form of a stereograph, and if you know how to look at it you can see it as a 3 dimensional image. Otherwise, you will need to hunt down a stereograph viewer, print out the image and stick it in that there thingy to see it. Look for the Stereograph link on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.

3-1: A new month rolls around. This month will be a kinder and gentler month even if I have to whip every single House of Wacks minion bloody in the effort.

No news on the weekends. The Joke of the Weak is updated every weekday. As usual, the Team Crunchinator page is updated every Monday. The NRA pages: President's Column, Standing Guard and Armed Citizen are updated each month.

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